Steve Kerr disrespects Suns by letting players coach

Kristopher Nichols
February 14, 2018

For Monday's game against the Suns, head coach Steve Kerr invoked an interesting strategy to get his team engaged for a February regular season game. So Kerr chose to shake things up and let his team do the coaching against the lowly Phoenix Suns, one of the league's worst teams.

The Golden State Warriors will look to keep their resurgence going Monday when they host the rebuilding Phoenix Suns. Each player took at least one turn coaching the team during timeouts, with Green (who sat out as a player with a sprained finger) running the team for much of the game. JaVale McGee ran the computer as other players broke down film.

Get live updates, news and analysis on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on the Phoenix Suns in their final home game before the All-Star break. As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, to guide them, but we don't control them. "They already say LeBron's coaching the team anyway, so if I give him the clipboard they're really gonna say that", Lue said, via ESPN's Royce Young".

"I'm always thinking situations and what I would do or what play I would call", said Lillard, the Blazers' team captain. We have to have that healthy respect for them, but also understand that anybody could be beaten.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have been in solid form as they've won nine of their last 13 games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after blowing out the Spurs in a 122-105 home win on Saturday.

"It just means that I inherited a hell of a team with an incredible, talented group of players", Kerr reflected.

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But the Suns missed 11 free throws and allowed Denver to hit 13 of 29 3-pointers, several in a decisive fourth-quarter spurt. "I'm exhausted of my voice", Kerr said.

This will certainly be a noticeable blow to the Warriors, regardless of who they are playing, considering Green is easily one of the best (if not the best) defenders in the entire National Basketball Association.

"I thought the players responded really well". "They have to take ownership of it".

"It shows a lack of respect for an opponent, and maybe right now, we don't deserve respect", Dudley told ESPN.

"I told (Phoenix head coach) Jay (Triano) afterward that people may make a big deal out of it, (but) it had nothing to do with me being disrespectful, it had to do with me trying to reach my team". He just knows how to relate to each and every one of us players and his coaching staff and you're building that ultimate trust throughout the organization. "But it's up to us to change that". So I can see doing it again one time, a couple times. As of this writing, 71% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Suns to cover the point spread tonight.

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